Environmental Health and Safety

Battery Waste - Guidance

Generators of battery waste are required to comply with rules and regulations promulgated by federal, state and local regulatory agencies. The Resource Conservation and Recover Act (RCRA) specifies disposal requirements; the Department of Transportation requires compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations during transportation of hazardous materials; the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality licenses, inspects and regulates generators, haulers and disposal facilities handling waste.

The safety guidelines, regulations and procedures presented are intended to help generators comply with governmental rules and regulations designed to protect human health and the environment. Strict compliance with these regulations ensures the waste is managed, transported, and disposed of safely and properly while reducing potential liability to the University.

  • All battery types and sizes are accepted by EHSEM.
  • All battery pails must have a "Universal Waste" label affixed to the container.
  • Fill out the label, including the "Accumulation Start Date." The accumulation start date is the first day that you begin filling the container with batteries.
  • All batteries must be sent for recycling within one year of the accumulation start date. However, batteries should only be accumulated for 10 months or less to ensure compliance.
  • After a battery is spent, tape both ends of the batter and place the battery in the waste pail and replace the lid.
  • Once the pail becomes 2/3 to 3/4 full, contact EHSEM at (313) 593-0921 to request collection of the batteries.
  • For collection of lead acid batteries, batteries too large to fit in the pails, or the collection of an extremely large number of batteries at once, please contact EHSEM at (313) 593-0921.